A post-nuclear deal strategy on Iran takes shape

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  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    A post-nuclear deal strategy on Iran takes shape
    By Michael Wilner
    June 18, 2017 05:31
    The US Senate has decided almost unanimously to sanction Iran for its nuclear activities and human rights record in a move that suggests a new, unified and stronger stand against Tehran.
    Iran missile

    The Senate's near-unanimous decision on Thursday to sanction Iran for its human rights record, its ballistic missile work and its funding of militant organizations worldwide marks a new phase in congressional policy toward the nation just two years after a nuclear deal with its government bitterly divided Capitol Hill.

    Those who opposed the 2015 accord feared it would secure Iran as a nuclear threshold state, providing Tehran with all the strategic benefits of a nuclear power without encumbering it with the costs that come with building the weapon itself. "Threshold" status would embolden the Iranians, Republicans argued, and would aggravate the problems they have wrought across the Middle East.

    Yet Democrats said that Iran's "destabilizing activities" could still be punished under the nuclear accord– that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action dealt exclusively with the nuclear issue, and that Congress was free to offset some of its adverse effects with measures that would combat Tehran's regional ambitions. To the extent that Iran's actions require "non-nuclear" sanctions, Senate Democrats said they would be prepared to act.

    Those positions aligned Democrats and Republicans on a path forward, and the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 is the beginning of that path: 98 out of 100 senators voted in favor of the legislation, which now moves to the House for consideration.

  2. DanLMP

    DanLMP Well-Known Member

    Aren't these the same people that did virtually nothing to stop Obama from creating and signing the JCPOA in the first place?
    Obama was acting unconstitutionally by signing a "treaty" without running it past the Senate and the Senate did virtually NOTHING to try to stop him.
  3. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    I don't recall capital hill being bitterly divided.

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